HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Golden Retriever
Author: Charlotte Wilcox
Publisher: Capstone Press, 1996
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wilcox, Charlotte. The Golden Retriever (published in 1996 by Capstone Press). The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog which was bred as a gundog to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties. The breed was named retriever because of the dog’s ability to retrieve shot game undamaged. Golden Retrievers have an instinctive love of water, and are easy to train to either basic or advanced obedience standards. They are a long-coated breed, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors, and an outer coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water. Golden Retrievers are well suited to residency in suburban or country environments.
When our boys were young, we often checked books like this out of the library to accompany their homeschool studies in science. It is one of the Learning about Dogs series from Capstone Press and gives an introduction to the golden retriever, a friendly dog, which includes its history, development, uses, and care. The book includes a photo diagram and general facts about dogs. Other books in the same series by author Charlotte Wilcox include The Chihuahua and The German Shepherd.